Review Land Rover Discovery
You can enjoy driving it almost anywhere, from the smoothest freeway to the toughest track, even if most Discovery owners will never take a stricter challenge than after school pick up.
If you can live with Judge Dredd’s styling work, that’s good value and can be supplied with a relatively efficient turbo diesel diesel engine.
So why do we say “maybe” rather than “should” or “is” to Discovery’s rankings? We are not really sure about ourselves, because Dance Floor 3 tick most boxes.
But our test car came up with an error. We’ve had problems in the past with Land Rover vehicles, and we can’t believe Discovery will fit into a Mitsubishi or Nissan or – yes – a Toyota four-wheel drive for a long time.
There were some things we couldn’t measure during a week-long test (although we traveled more than 1000km during our exploration), so we kept from the testimonial of the vehicle. .
Land Rover designed the latest Discovery to be a premium four-wheel drive vehicle and it did a good job. It makes it the first all-new vehicle to emerge from Land Rover since Ford bought the company from BMW. This pumped enough cash and pledged to do the job properly.
You can see it in everything, from a six-speed automatic transmission, to more space in the cabin and a V6 turbo-diesel engine also developed by Jaguar for use.
Matthew Taylor, Land Rover director, who served as marketing manager at Ford Australia in Broadmeadows, described Discovery as “a great persuasive vehicle that guides the company”.
It is an anchor for the company’s operations in Australia, with sales of 191 Discovery in August and 1349 since the beginning of the year, according to Vfacts.
But the important thing is that Discovery sales actually decreased compared to 2004, 1387 to 1349, which indicates a new supply issue or slow adoption.
Or, perhaps, it reflects questions from potential owners who are still buying Japan or BMW X5.
Discovery fell into the sales segment called “Medium SUV” in Australia, where the leader of the fleeing class was Ford Territory with 14,975, followed by Toyota Prado with 10,520 sales by the end of August.
The BMW X5, competing in class even when it is not in the same class, has 1997.
Discovery has a lot to like from the big, stout body to the choice of five or seven seats, three engines – diesel, turbo diesel and V8 – four-wheel-drive package and top-class suspension. , and prices run from $ 56,650 to $ 91,650 for the V8 HSE model.
On the road
We jumped into Discovery after a week with a Grand Cherokee from a Jeep, which gave us immediate benchmarking. And a victory for Discovery.
It’s quieter and more refined on the road, has the advantage of a turbo diesel engine, and can’t stop in the bush.
We love the ride, which has ironed every surface and still has good grip through bitumen angles without the usual tippy feeling that comes with other Land Rover products. It shows a significant commitment to customers who will not become managers, without compromising the grip required for hard travel.
Our test machine is the basic 2.7 TD V6 S automatic, which means it is not as impressive as a Jeep in the cabin.
It has all the equipment you’d expect for $ 65,000, but the quality has dropped and that’s a problem when you compare it to similar Japanese cars.
It belongs to things like seat fabric, and the look of plastic and switches, as well as an overall dashboard design that looks like something from Fisher Price. It’s different, but we don’t like it.
There is plenty of space in the cabin. The seats are good, but not great. We were surprised by the tranquility of a car that was pushing a lot of wind at high speeds.
Very good performance, with a combination of turbo-diesel torque – 440Nm more than Land Rover’s V8 engine – and a six-speed automatic transmission. It also returned 10.8 liters / 100km at the pump, traveled more than 700km without recharging and had too many strokes to pass easily, despite having a 2.5 tonne body mass.
The gearbox is particularly welcome, with a touch shift guide and a well-selected ratio kit with a smooth shift.
One problem is the power error that denies access to low-level gears. It doesn’t matter on the way, because it still conquers our standard hill climb without hassle. Land Rover blamed a pre-production control unit.
And we also had some experience with the car’s descent system, which is a great way to tackle downhill runs without using your feet on the pedals, kicking the ground at a faster pace. 80km / h.
The biggest problem for Discovery is its competition. The average four-wheeled class has more than a dozen rivals and there are many who will compare it to full contenders with the badges of Audi, BMW, Honda, Jeep and Mercedes.
What they will find is an absolutely excellent car like a terrain vehicle, and impressive for running work, and a reasonable price and with reasonable equipment.
But we still have some doubts.